Roles Of Women In Literature

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The role of women in society has and will be forever questioned not because the world doesn’t understand her importance, but, because in a male driven world women just don’t stand a chance. This is seen to be true in almost anything, film, history, and most notably literature. Literature is the one medium that transcends time, race, and the ages. Literature also offers a small or a big view depending on the author into the lives, feelings and most importantly day to day roles of women. The role of women within literature has been discussed widely by various authors, their role has, furthermore, been spotlighted in several diverse ways to say the least. Some include the head of the house, the town’s harlot, or a goddess due of all the praise. …show more content…
The Trojan War was the bases for the epic The Iliad. The Iliad was a body of work also written by Greek Poet Homer, it is also an epic poem, “which recounts some of the significant events of the final weeks of the Trojan War and the Greek siege of the city of Troy.” (Gil) The Iliad was also a war that lasted for several years and ultimately ended with after the creation of the wooden horse with much help of Odysseus. The Odyssey much like the Iliad told a story mostly following the efforts of male characters but, failed to in my opinion to spotlight women. While the Odyssey spent majority of its time following Odysseus and his journey to get home following the war, his wife was on a journey totally unbeknownst to him. Women within this time period were merely seen as less compared to the counterparts, mainly because at that time women were also seen as the homemaker but to really understand the role of women with in the Odyssey it would be imperative for one to understand the profile of a women within a texts by Homer but, in this text that is easier said than done because there is no cookie cutter profile of what the author Homer deems the profile of women. The author Homer decided to depict women in a variety of ways within this text but I going to spotlight the role of Penelope, Odysseus’s …show more content…
He purposely created several roles but most importantly the role of Penelope within this text in efforts in my opinion cast a light on the wide range of roles that women play. From Calypso capturing Odysseus for personal pleasure to letting Odysseus free after the God demanded for her to to, all the way to Penelope getting a distraction to kill time or better yet save time before her long lost husband to return. Both further prove that women played an essential role to this story. They may not have been fighting at sea like say Odyssey or setting off of a voyage to find his long lost father like Telemachus but nonetheless, without both of these roles the story would be what it is today which also further can conclude that women are the glue that hold everything from family, marriages, and mischief and the world together. Women have a hand in everything even if not known to

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